The list of Africa’s 30 highest paid Presidents and their salaries

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The Africa Review has compiled and analysed salaries of African leaders to try and see what they tell about the relationship between those in power and their subjects.

In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto last year announced a voluntary 20 per cent salary cut and invited other top government officials to follow suit. A few did, reluctantly.

In Tunisia, former President Moncef Marzouki, then facing an economic crisis in the post-revolution period, announced a two-thirds pay cut, slicing his annual pay from around $176,868 to ‘just’ $58,956 .

Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari recently announced that he will take a voluntary salary pay cut, which is a good gesture.

Below is a brief summary of 30 highest earning African Presidents:

CountryNet pay per anumPresident
1CameroonUS$610,000Paul Biya
2MoroccoUS$480,000King Mohammed VI
3South AfricaUS$272,000Jacob Zuma
4TanzaniaUS$192,000Jakaya Kikwete
5AlgeriaUS$164,000Abdel Aziz Bouteflika
6Equatorial GuineaUS$150,000Theodore Nguema
7KenyaUS$132,000Uhuru Kenyatta
8SomaliaUS$120,000Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud
9ComorosUS$115,000Ikililou Dhoinine
10Congo RepublicUS$110,000Denis Sassou Nguesso
11NamibiaUS$110,000Hage Geingob
12ZimbabweUS$108,000Robert Mugabe
13MauritiusUS$104,838Ameenah Gurib
14Cote D’IvoireUS$100,000Alassane Ouattara
15LiberiaUS$90,000Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
16RwandaUS$85,000Paul Kagame
17AngolaUS$81,075José Eduardo dos Santos
18GhanaUS$76,000John Dramani Mahama
19MalawiUS$75,348Peter Mutharika
20EgyptUS$72,000Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
21NigeriaUS$70,000Muhammadu Buhari
22MaliUS$69,609Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
23BotswanaUS$66,713Ian Khama
24GabonUS$65,000Ali Bongo Ondimba
25ZambiaUS$56,000Edgar Lungu
26Dr.CongoUS$52,97Joseph Kabila
27SwazilandUS$52,128Mswati III
28MozambiqueUS$47,500Filipe Nyusi
29EthiopiaUS$44,472Mulatu Teshome
30LesothoUS$36,000Letsie III
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When most African leaders get into power, the first thing they do is to increase their salaries. Among the leaders who have done so include King Mswati of Swaziland, King Mohammed VI of Morocco and President Eduardo dos Santos of Angola

African presidents are among the highest paid presidents in the World despite the continent being ranked the poorest.

However, Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe reportedly awarded himself a whopping 300 percent increase over the past year, from $4 000 a month to 8,000 a month. When allowances are included, President Mugabe personally revealed that he gets $12,000 per month.


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